O FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) publicou recentemente um alerta aos pais de crianças com menos de 2 anos para o uso de produtos com Benzocaína.
A benzocaína é encontrada naqueles cremes para aliviar a dor de dentes quando os dentinhos estão nascendo.
Abaixo copio o alerta que a leitora Renata Letto recebeu da escolinha de seu filho e divido aqui com vocês:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued a warning that products containing Benzocaine should not be used on children less than two years of age, except under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional. Benzocaine is the main ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth to reduce pain and is associated with a rare, but serious condition known as methemoglobinemia. Cases of methemoglobinemia have occurred mainly in children aged two years or younger who were treated with benzocaine gel for teething.
Benzocaine gels and liquids are sold OTC under different brand names such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, and store brands and may also be in other forms such as lozenges and spray solutions. These products are used to relieve pain from a variety of conditions, such as teething, canker sores, and irritation of the mouth and gums.
Although Methemoglobinemia is rare, because it has occurred mainly in children less than 2 years or younger who were treated with benzocaine for teething, the FDA and AAP have recommended that these products no longer be administered to children in this age range unless under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional. Following this recommendation, benzocaine products will no longer be administered to children less than two years of age in Bright Horizons’ centers with only parental permission. This must be done under the advice and supervision of a healthcare professional and will require written authorization. Given the serious nature of using these products, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommends the following for treating teething pain rather than using the benzocaine teething products:
· Give the child a teething ring chilled in the refrigerator.
· Gently rub or massage the child’s gums with your finger to relieve the symptoms of teething
If these methods do not provide relief from teething pain, speak with your child’s healthcare provider to identify other treatments. However, if benzocaine products are recommended by your child’s healthcare provider, the dosing guidelines on the Authorization for Medication form should be very specific, i.e. a thin layer, thick layer, pea size quantity, etc. and exactly where on the gums to apply. If this is not specified, the product cannot be applied.
For more information on the FDA warning and Methemoglobinemia, click here.”